Developments in Nuclear Medicine

SPECT Imaging of the Brain

Editors: Duncan, R. (Ed.)

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In the developed world, images of brain structure are available as an everyday diagnostic aid, and the characteristic appearances of most pathological conditions can be looked up in a textbook. Functional brain imaging is to this day less widely used, partly because most pressing diagnostic questions can be answered by refer­ ence to the patient's cerebral anatomy, partly for reasons of technical limitations of functional techniques. PET as a technique is sufficiently resource-demanding and complex to inhibit its use as an everyday diagnostic technique. SPECT lacked suitable tracers for many years, and early systems had poor spatial resolution. However, rotating gamma camera technology has advanced to the point where images of the brain of reasonable quality can be obtained at most large hospitals, and practical tracers, particularly of regional cerebral blood flow, are easily avail­ able. As research advances, clinical applications are emerging. A recent report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology! details a number of currently recognised clinical appli­ cations, some of which are dealt with in this book. Given this recognition, it is increasingly important that clinicians (particularly neuroclinicians, psychiatrists and specialists in cerebrovascular disease), nuclear medicine specialists and physicists acquire an idea of the major applications of the technique, and the research background on which these applications are based.

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`If a short introduction to the uses of SPECT of the brain is required, this amply fulfils the niche. I would recommend it as an ideal bench book for departmental libraries and as a personal purchase for those involved in requesting SPECT scans for their patients. It will help them to select referrals for SPECT more judiciously and to understand better the resulting reports.'
Clinical Oncology, 10:1 (1998)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Basics of SPECT

    Patterson, James (et al.)

    Pages 1-42

  • SPECT imaging in focal epilepsy

    Duncan, Roderick

    Pages 43-68

  • SPECT in head injury

    Wilson, J. T. Lindsay (et al.)

    Pages 69-93

  • SPECT in cerebrovascular disorders

    Grosset, Donald G. (et al.)

    Pages 95-130

  • SPECT in dementia, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders

    Turner, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 131-160

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
SPECT Imaging of the Brain
Editors
  • R. Duncan
Series Title
Developments in Nuclear Medicine
Series Volume
29
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5398-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5398-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4186-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-6271-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 194
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